My daughter and I weren't sure about this book when we first started--she is not into princesses--but it was recommended by a trusted friend so we dove in. We were not disappointed. Hale's series about a mountain community divined as the source of the prince's bride is intelligent and complex. The series is filled with politics, economics, and of course a little magic, wrapped in a riveting story led by a strong female character.
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Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires. Winning the contest could give her everything she ever wanted-but it would mean leaving her home and family behind. Packaged with a fresh cover, this timelessly charming, award-winning story from best-selling author Shannon Hale is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.